Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? In fact, 1 in every 4 deaths is due to heart disease, according to the CDC. That’s why it is so important to address early warning signs and risk factors.
If you smoke, have high blood pressure, have high levels of LDL cholesterol, otherwise known as the “bad” cholesterol you are at risk for cardiovascular disease or otherwise known as heart disease.
Are You At Risk for Heart Disease?
You are at a higher risk of experiencing heart disease if:
- You abuse alcohol
- You have type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- You don’t get regular exercise
- You are overweight or obese
- You eat a poor diet
But don’t think you are safe just because you don’t have any of those risk factors. Heart disease doesn’t discriminate and it can happen to anyone. Heart disease is known to be genetic in nature.
So what can you do to prevent heart disease? If you quit smoking, reduce your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and start living a healthy, active lifestyle you can significantly reduce your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
What is Cardiovascular Disease?
Heart attack, stroke, heart valve problems, arrhythmia and heart failure are all examples of heart and blood vessel disorders, collectively known as cardiovascular diseases.
The most common and the most deadly are heart attacks. When plaque builds up in your arteries it disrupts the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart which results in a sudden, sometimes fatal heart attack or in medical terms coronary thrombosis.
If your heart can’t get the oxygen-rich blood it needs, all or part of your body’s most important muscle – your heart – will die and/or stop functioning properly. Don’t become a statistic, take care of your heart.
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